The nation’s electricity generation capacity dropped sharply to 2,662 megawatts on Sunday from 4,959 megawatts last January 4.
Transmission Company of Nigeria on the website of Nigeria Electricity System Operators, blames the drop in the power generation on the low level of water at the country’s Hydro Electric power plants in Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro.
Acute shortage of gas, worsened by the last Tuesday attack on an oil pipeline near Ughelli in Delta state, is also blamed for the inability of power stations to maintain their production level.
Last Saturday, the national electricity grid had for several hours lost 540 megawatts, following a fire outbreak of fire at the Afam power plant in Rivers state.
For instance, Egbin power plant near Epe in Lagos state is now generating only 340 megawatts instead of its installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts.